My manual transmission? It's been perfection over the last 31k miles. The rear end? That's been a different story. Last year I needed some sort of dust cover replaced as well as the TSB for the rear end vent. Ok, done. Last week, the ring and pinion was replaced as well as the bearings in the rear end. The car was howling wicked loud, with an occassional metallic scraping noise. I thought the howling was due to worn tires. The dealer and Ford took care of me, but I really didn't think i'd ever have a rear end problem with this car.